Why you need to get CCSP

Why you need to get CCSP.

Certifications can be a great way to enhance a career. They will not make you an expert but can give direction and confidence to practice more. Certifications can provide a great foundation for your professional knowledge base. Cloud technology is causing a major change in the IT landscape. More organizations are adopting cloud services and integrating them into their IT infrastructure. Storing data, transferring and processing data in the cloud requires skills and knowledge.

It can be catastrophic if an enterprise or other organization botches cloud integration. The results could possibly disrupt business operations or lead to a security breach and data loss. It takes leadership and understanding to utilize technology to enhance business. There are careless cloud integrations that are being carried out because executive management wants cloud.

The CCSP – Certified Cloud Security Professional is brought to you by experts at (ISC)². The same organization that provides the CISSP exam. The CCSP does have an experience requirement, but it is possible to take exam without require experience. There are also ways to substitute the required experience with other certifications or credentials. The cost for the exam is $599.00. This certification is highly recommended for IT professionals who already have earned a CISSP or SSCP certification.

The CCSP can demonstrate an IT professional has the skills and knowledge to design, manage and secure data, applications and infrastructure in the cloud using best practices, policies and procedures. There are opportunities for professionals who have these skills and can use them effectively. The number of opportunities will be increasing over the next 3 years or so. The CCSP may not be the right certification for you now or in the future but make sure you are investing in professional development that aligns with your goals.

Best Study Guides for AZ-900 Microsoft Azure Fundamentals Certification Exam

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Best Study Guides for AZ-900 Microsoft Azure Fundamentals Certification Exam

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Top 5 books to study for the AWS Cloud Practitioner exam

Top 5 books to study for the AWS Cloud Practitioner exam

Certifications can be a great way to enhance a career. They will not make you an expert but can give direction and confidence to practice more. Certifications can provide a great foundation for your professional knowledge base. Cloud technology is causing a major change in the IT landscape. More organizations are adopting cloud services and integrating them into their IT infrastructure. Storing data, transferring and processing data in the cloud requires skills and knowledge. The Cyber Job Mentor recommends these 5 books as a start to gaining the knowledge and skill necessary. These are affiliate links and proceeds go to the Cyber Job Mentor. The links below do include affiliate links and a commission may be earned at no extra cost to you.  As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

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Amazon is a leader in cloud services. Being able to pass the AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner should give you basic skills in understanding AWS architectural principles, basic security, and basic infrastructure. This exam does not require any previous experience and Amazon provides many of the resources needed to study for free and you can sign up for a free account to practice. The best part is that the exam is $100.00.  You can learn more here on the AWS certification website https://aws.amazon.com/certification/certified-cloud-practitioner/. Hopefully the recommendations above will aid your study.

Top 5 Security Focused Cloud Certifications

Top 5 Security Focused Cloud Certifications

Certifications can be a great way to enhance a career. They will not make you an expert but can give direction and confidence to practice more. Certifications can provide a great foundation for your professional knowledge base. Cloud technology is causing major change in the IT landscape. More organizations are adopting cloud services and integrating them into their IT infrastructure. Storing data, transferring and processing data in the cloud requires skills and knowledge. The Cyber Job Mentor recommends these 5 certs as a start to gaining the knowledge and skill necessary.

1.AWS Certified Security – Specialty SCS-C01

The AWS Certified Security – Specialty validates an understanding of security operations and risk as it pertains to AWS cloud. It also provides understanding about encryption and ways to implement in AWS. This certification is recommended for cyber job professionals that have chosen AWS as their cloud platform of choice. Also, with AWS you can create a free account for a limited time period to practice necessary skills. This is considered a specialty exam and there are no prerequisites. The exam cost $300.00. Amazon suggest at least 2 years of hands on experience securing AWS and implementing security controls, but it is not a requirement to study for and take the test. Learn more at the AWS certification web site https://aws.amazon.com/certification/certified-security-specialty/.

2. Microsoft Certified: Azure Security Engineer Associate Exam AZ-500

The Microsoft Certified: Azure Security Engineer Associate measure skill in managing identity, implementing platform protection, managing security operations, and securing data and applications. The exam cost is $165.00 and there are no prerequisites or other requirements. Microsoft has step-by-step guidance at located here https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/learn/browse/. You may also get more information about this certification at https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/learning/exam-AZ-500.aspx.

3. CCSP – Certified Cloud Security Professional

The CCSP – Certified Cloud Security Professional is brought to you by experts at (ISC)². The same organization that provides the CISSP exam. The CCSP does have an experience requirement, but it is possible to take exam without require experience. There are also ways to substitute the required experience with other certifications or credentials. The cost for the exam is $599.00. This certification is highly recommended for IT professionals who already have earned a CISSP or SSCP certification.

4. Professional Cloud Security Engineer

The Professional Cloud Security Engineer is provided by Google. Google markets this exam as perfect for IT professionals regardless of platform used. This exam covers configuring access within a cloud solution environment, configuring network security, ensuring data protection, managing operations within a cloud solution environment, ensuring compliance. There are no prerequisites for this exam. This certification is recommended because Google provides hands-on practice and a Coursera course located here https://www.coursera.org/specializations/security-google-cloud-platform. The exam cost $200.00. You can learn more about the exam here https://cloud.google.com/certification/cloud-security-engineer.

5. CSSK – Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge

The Cloud Security Alliance or CSA provides the Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge or CCSK. The CCSK exam is a vendor neutral exam.  The CSA recommends training courses to familiarize yourself with the exam material. This exam covers the topics discussed in the CSA Security Guidance for Critical Areas of Focus in Cloud Computing v4.0   The exam cost is $395.00. There are no prerequisites for the exam. It is a great exam to get a broad range of cloud security knowledge. You can learn more at https://ccsk.cloudsecurityalliance.org/en/about.

Use the certifications as a guide to study. As an IT professional your budget may not be able to stretch to pay for a certification at this time. That limitation does not mean you cannot study for a certification. Choose your direction. Set your goal. Make sure you work towards your goal each and every day. Build your knowledge.

Beginning Cloud Certs

Beginning Cloud Certs

Developing a career in technology can be a challenge. The Cyber Job Mentor understands this and attempts to mentor and guide future and present IT professionals. Cloud technology is transforming the IT environment at a rapid pace. There will be opportunities for IT professionals to fill roles that currently exist or will exist. I have provided a list of entry level or beginner level cloud certs to get you started. There are more certs, and these may not be a good fit for everyone. Look for the certifications and training that aligns best with your career goals and learning style. The certs chosen are good for folks without a technical background. These were also chosen for IT professionals whose experience is not currently focused on the cloud and its technology and services.

1.CompTIA Cloud +

The Cloud+ certification is a great place for beginners to start gaining cloud skills and knowledge. The CompTIA web site says that 2 to 3 years of experience is recommended, but considering that there are no prerequisites, it is deemed good for beginners. As of the date of this posting the exam costs $319.00 and is valid for three years. You can learn more at Comptia’s website. https://certification.comptia.org/certifications/cloud

2. AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner

Amazon is a leader in cloud services. Being able to pass the AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner

should give you basic skills in understanding AWS architectural principles, basic security, and basic infrastructure. This exam does not require any previous experience and Amazon provides many of the resources needed to study for free and you can sign up for a free account to practice. Best part is that the exam is $100.00.  You can learn more here on the AWS certification website https://aws.amazon.com/certification/certified-cloud-practitioner/.

3. Microsoft Azure Fundamentals AZ-900

Azure is Microsoft’s cloud service. It was launched February 1, 2010. The market share is growing day by day. The Azure exam is less technical than some others and is geared more towards non-technical professionals but it is still recommended as a beginner level cert.  This exam does not require any previous experience and Microsoft Azure provides many of the resources needed to study for free and you can sign up for a free account to practice. The exam cost is $99.00. You can learn more at https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/learning/exam-az-900.aspx.